MMA: Nick Diaz planning return to octagon after FIVE years away following drugs ban
- Nick Diaz planning a return to UFC after being away for five years
- Nick was fined and banned in Nevada in 2015 for failing a drugs test
- Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic
Nick Diaz is planning a return to UFC after five years.
Diaz has been out of the octagon ring and is planning a sensational return in 2021.
Diaz, brother to fighter Nate Diaz, has been out of action for five years but the eccentric Stockton fighter is working hard on a comeback.
Many believed Diaz would never fight competitively in MMA again after he was banned and fined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2015 for failing a drug test due to marijuana metabolites.
But if the latest information and short clip are anything to go by then Diaz means business and is looking for fights at welterweight again.
He has been working hard on a 14-week training camp and even performed a test weight cut.
This is Nick Diaz earlier today. He weighs in the 175-165 pound range, per his manager Kevin Mubenga.
He just completed a 14-week diet and training regimen. This is the first time he cuts weight in approximately four years, Mubenga said. Diaz wanted to do a test cut because … pic.twitter.com/5A8EvyLeUn
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Diaz’s last contest was a unanimous decision defeat by MMA legend Anderson Silva but it was later ruled a no contest after they both failed drugs tests.
Initially, Diaz was given a massive five-year ban but that was later reduced and he has been free to compete again for the last four years.
In the meantime, he has been supporting his brother Nate, who shot to elevated levels of fame with his two fights against Conor McGregor, producing a stunning submission in the first before losing a decision in the rematch.